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Panel Discussion: Is Big Data Just for Big Companies? Exploring the New Opportunity Facing SMBs. Westin, Wilmington Members- $35 Guests - $40

When: Thursday, May 28, 2015
5:30 PM till 8:30 PM
Where: Westin Wilmington
818 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, Delaware  19801
United States
Contact: Maureen Waddington

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Panel Discussion: Is Big Data Just for Big Companies?  Exploring the New Opportunity Facing SMBs.

It goes by many names these days: big data, business intelligence, predictive analytics, data warehousing, self-serve reporting, data driven decisions.  But whether companies agree on one term vs. another, there is one point that most small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) can agree on: it seems like a complex, big company issue that brings big company problems and scope.
Many IT/IS and business professionals consider business intelligence (BI) to be an elusive goal that’s meant for larger companies with larger volumes of data.  Not so, says a growing number of industry insiders who work closely with SMBs. 
This panel of GPSEG members, representing various areas of this field, will discuss their vision for best practice use and care of data specifically in the SMB space.  Our panel will explore the real drivers behind successful BI programs.  Hint: it’s not the tools.
Start asking these key questions in your company and begin taking those all-important small steps toward achieving decision-enabling analytics.

            • Where is your critical operational data?

            • Who owns it?

            • What level of trust does your management team have in it?

            • Who creates the critical reports?

            • Is everyone who needs access getting it? Is everyone happy?

            • What exactly will you do with the data when you finally get it?

            • Will you change your company to become an analytic company?

Our discussion will propose that implementing productive analytics for SMBs is easier than most think.  We’ll discuss how this perception is changing and shedding new light on the potential for BI to play a key role in small- and mid-sized organizations.


Meet the Panel:


John Perugini is a Regional Manager for Teradata, a company recognized by Gartner and others as the leader in Data Management for more than 15 years.  John has a diversified background in BI, Data Management & Analytics from start-up to Fortune 100.  He will offer a perspective on technologies initially adopted by large companies and now available to SMB via On Premise & Cloud platforms.
  Bob Scott runs a BI Improvement Consulting Practice with BizDelta that helps clients in business and higher education get more out of business intelligence by making better use of current technologies, adding missing pieces if needed, improving workflow and decision-making, and building trust and utilization.  Focus is on people and process, and is technology agnostic. 
 } Arun Jain is the Principal Consultant with Brandywine Business Advisory, an Operations Management consulting company focused on Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs).  He brings a 35-year record of delivering sustainable profits through operational excellence and continuous improvement with companies such as Union Carbide, Purolator, EMI Music, Sykes Enterprises and SourceHOV.